Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu received a reality check today from an average performing Tepecikspor team. Not only that ….......... we all did !!!
ANKARAGUCU 1 Tepecikspor 2
As I've continually said last season, and this, if you dare under-estimate any of the teams in the PTT and 2nd leagues then you will be punished.
However, that was not the only reason for today's abysmal performance and result. The Ankaragucu team simply didn't perform !
Rewind ….... The Kankas met in the Stadium ….... Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Cider Kanka John, Apple Kanka Erman and a guest appearance from 'new kid on the block' Tasmanian Devil Kanka Robbie, who we hope will be a regular supporter of the Kanka Group.
5 minutes to go to KO and a full Gecikondu and almost full Maraton is serenading us …....... as usual. However, a glance at the 'away end' and I could only see 15 policemen seated …... and …... zero Tepecik punters !!!
The match kicked-off with Ankaragucu on full attack mode, and it was about 10 minutes in before we saw Gokhan in action to receive a back-pass. Then, after Tepecik had 'weathered the storm' with their impressive defence, which by the way produced nothing in the way of any danger for their goalkeeper, they started to come into the match and showed that they were not here to make up the numbers !
15 minutes in and Tepecik almost took the lead when a cross came in from the left to an unmarked attacker on the back post, but he blasted over. Sighs of relief all round !
It was end-to-end for the remainder of the half with Ankaragucu having the best chance of the match so far almost on the half time whistle. A great goal-bound shot was tipped over the bar by the Tepecik goalie for the save of the match.
We were just settling down after the re-start when Tepecik scored. Unfortunately, it happened so quick that none of us saw the incident which occurred from an Ankaragucu defensive lapse allowing the Tepecik attacker free on a one-on-one situation with Gokhan. He made no mistake by despatching the ball into the corner to stun us all into silence !
The equaliser almost came 10 minutes later when Ankaragucu's Man of the Match, Emre, fired in a powerful shot from just outside the box which the keeper did well to dive full length and turn the ball round the post for a corner.
3 minutes later the 'NON-Man of the Match' Ibrahim Sahin missed a sitter. From a free kick with an open goal at his mercy he elected to blast it into Gecikondu, when it was the easiest thing in the world to tap in. Even the Hibs front line without a goal in FOUR matches could have scored !!!!
The equaliser finally arrived on the 63rd minute but it was not a goal which will live long in the memories of Ankaragucu's finest ! In fact, it will probably rate as one of the most unforgettable !
It was a scrappy goal deriving from some scrappy play which was despatched by Emre (I think via a deflection). OK, it was a goal, and Emre will no doubt claim it, but a rather fortunate equaliser which had the desired effect of producing some sustained Ankaragucu pressure.
Unfortunately, the pressure wasn't sustained long enough and Ankaragucu looked to be losing their way and being tied up in knots by some impressive defending by Tepecik.
10 minutes to go and ….......... goal !!! Levent scored …....didn't he ? No !!! The ball hit the post and bounced out straight into the goalie's grateful arms ! Aaaaargh ….... it was a goal all the way and Levent could so easily have turned the match. Which brings me to another point …. why didn't he start the match ? Why was he only brought on half way through the 2nd half when it was quite obvious, even to us kankas, that Sahin was a waste of space ??!! The Coach (if he is still the Coach next week) needs to answer that question !
5 minutes to go and we are all resigned to a 1-1 draw and then …...... surprise surprise ….. the defence had another attack of being in dreamland. With Ankaragucu pressing forward looking for a winner, they forgot about the basics ….... ie, keep the back door closed !!!
A breakaway …..... and with the Ankaragucu defence posted missing …..... it was all too easy for the Tepecik forwards to tear what was left of it to shreds and slot in the winner.
What a sickner. Cue …... calls for the head of the Coach. Could well be a new Coach for the next home match me thinks !
Into time added on and time enough for Gurkan to receive a yellow and a 2nd yellow. I doubt if he'll be missed in defence next week !!!
So, as I said …..... the players have been brought back down to earth and they now have to think long and hard about the long slog ahead till May 2014.
First up is the away match against Ofspor next week and ….... dare I say it …...... a MUST WIN match !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim